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OPSU head football coach Mike Wyatt put his squad through a spirited Spring Game last Saturday. - Campus Communications photo

**For Immediate Release**
Some Big Hits in OPSU Spring Game
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 04-23-07

Goodwell, Okla. - There was plenty of head banging on the Oklahoma Panhandle State campus on Saturday – it was the 2007 Spring Football Game. It was offense against the defense and head coach Mike Wyatt put his players through a spirited 65-play workout.

Wyatt took the OPSU head job in January after a very successful stint in arena football, and the 56 players in uniform on Saturday all saw plenty of action. After the contest, Wyatt said, “I felt we got some things accomplished and we got it on film so that the kids can see their mistakes. We have work to do on both sides of the football, but the bottom line is that there are things to build on for the future.”

On offense, two good sized quarterbacks - Gabe Gillmore (6-4, 223 pounds) and Chase Martin (6-2, 214) - took the vast majority of snaps and each had some bright moments handling the football. Running back Ricky Connor, though just 5’4 and 155-pounds, served noticed that he is afraid of no one, either up the middle or around the end.

As far as the Aggie “D” – linebackers Ty Tate, Gerod Beasley and Matt Warner were among the Aggies who came up with up with some very big hits, as did defensive backs Larry Thompson and Blake Vaughan.

Though not displeased with the overall effort, Wyatt said, “Offensively, we had some protection breakdowns and we did not throw the ball as well as we would have liked to. Defensively, we did a good job on our pass drops, but our defense against the run had some issues.”

Wyatt noted that there had been just 11 practices prior to Saturday’s outing and was pleased with two very strong scoring drives produced by the offense. He added, “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times, but the defense also made some great plays.”

Over 200 spectators were on hand to enjoy the sunny, but windy day and many parents drove long distances to see their sons participate. There were also plenty of OPSU players from years gone by including 1981 All-American Mike Lee and 1979 All-American David Flowers. Other Aggie footballers from past years included David Steele, Mike Hays, Chris Sheldon, Steven Flowers and several members from both the 2005 and 2006 teams.

The 2007 edition of Aggie football will open the season on September 1 in Goodwell against cross state rival Langston University.

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